The Vice President of All Farmers Association of Nigeria (AFAN) Mr Moses Oladipupo, has expressed displeasure at the rate at which youths are regularly being discouraged from venturing into farming, due to the challenges being faced. Further urging the government and stakeholders to do more in bridging the gap by supporting youths who venture into farming.
Oladipupo made the call in Osogbo, the Osun State capital
He said the youths complain about the old system of farming, and the level at which farmers are shortchanged in the value chain.
“The majority of the youth that returned to farming decried the hardship they were facing in their operations.
“Many are complaining of the old system of farming and lack of funds for their operations,’’ he said.
Oladipupo also said genuine farmers were being short-changed in the distribution of farm input, urging that this should be redressed.
“The government should give farmers and those interested in farming land, good training and funds while extension workers should be recruited to monitor farming operations and production.
“If the government could provide needed tools and materials, youth farmers would have no reason to quit farming,’’ he said.
He called on the government to encourage small-scale farmers, adding that most government policies and programmes only focus on commercial farmers.
“Small-scale farmers are many and their production is what is sustaining the local market while commercial farmers produce for external markets.
“For this reason, the government should concentrate more on small-scale farmers to boost food production that would sustain the nation,’’ he said